Top 10 things to do on Waiheke Island with Toddlers and Pre Schoolers

Travelling with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers can be challenging, but planning fun activities can make it easier and keep your little ones entertained.  There’s so much to do with children on Waiheke Island, whether you’re here for a day trip or staying the whole summer, and it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the wineries and beaches either.  We’ve put together a list of our Top 10 recommendations to do with Toddlers and Pre Schoolers.  

  • Head to the Waiheke Library for Storytime.  This free session is on Tuesday’s 10am and Saturday’s 11am and includes stories read aloud, music and singing.  The beautiful light-filled library also has an excellent Children’s area, so a great space to go on a rainy day.
  • Enjoy a picnic at Goldie Estate.  Their picnic baskets are recommended for two, but certainly contain enough for the young ones to share some of the breads, cheese and crackers too.  On a nice day you can take the short walk to the top of the hill and enjoy stunning views overlooking Putiki Bay.  
  • Visit the roosters at Onetangi Sports Park.  The entrance to the park is home to many roosters, so for a free fun activity take your pre-schoolers to go see them.  The park also has big, green fields for running round and if you’re game – a hill to climb and check out the view. 
  • Play on the playground at Little Oneroa.  Little O as it’s fondly referred to by locals has a large shaded playground right next to the beach.  Once the toddlers have worked up an appetitie, grab a Dragonfired pizza from the van next door to eat on the beach.  Or if pizza isn’t your thing, there’s a dairy across the road for iceblocks and cold drinks as well as a Fish and Chips shop.S
  • Ride scooters at the Skate Park.  The Waiheke Skate Park in Ostend is a great way to spend the morning.  It’s pre-schooler and toddler friendly, so allows them to practice their skills whether it be on a scooter, balance bike or first proper bike.
  • Have lunch at Wild On Waiheke.  This family friendly venue has so many options for all ages.  There’s a playground, a giant trampoline and a giant chess, so plenty to keep them busy while you sample one of their handcrafted beers.
  • Walk along Onetangi Beach.  This beautiful stretch of beach is decorated with Pohutakawa trees all the way down.  Put the toddlers in the pram and walk on either the road or the beach.  The Boathouse is a great place to stop for a meal or cold drink as it’s big deck looks out over the beach.
  • Explore Oneroa Village.  A short bus ride up from the ferry will see you arrive at the main town area of Waiheke Island.  There’s plenty to check out from cafe’s and restaurants to sculptures and bookshops.  Be sure to have a pit stop at Island Gelato Company for a homemade ice-cream or Double Shot Espresso Bar for exceptional coffee.
  • Take a scenic drive out to Man O’War Vineyard.  This stunning winery is Waiheke’s only beach-front cellar door and has plenty of space to run around.  Order a delicious platter and a bottle of their Pinque Rose, then sit back while the young ones play with the swingball and skittle sets.  The kids can fill up on their yummy kids snack pack and no doubt will sleep in the car on the drive home!
  • Splash in the rock pools at Palm Beach at low tide.  Many of Waiheke’s beaches have rock pools to explore at low tide.  Get in your togs and see what you can discover round the rocks at the Western end of Palm Beach.  Palm Beach has a great playground also.